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Designed by the first New York state architect, Cook Hall was originally the first building of the State School of Agriculture, St. Lawrence University. It is a red brick and Potsdam sandstone rectangular structure trimmed with concrete and topped with a hipped roof surmounted by a hexagonal cupola. The facades are symmetrical with rows of paired windows. Dormers and four chimneys relieve the expanse of the roof - especially at each end. The main entrance is located in a central bay set out from the remainder of the facade. The building has continuously housed classrooms, faculty offices, and laboratories in a typical early 20th century interior, which is currently being remodeled. The facade will remain unchanged.
Baule, John A. St. Lawrence University--Old Campus Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1974.